"I'll just use him off the bench today and we'll see where he’s at when we get back,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told CSNBayArea.com Thursday. "Hopefully we'll get to a point where we’re more comfortable putting him out there a couple times a week."
Scutaro will likely start one game this weekend against the Giants, but the report indicates opposing team scouts have been unimpressed by Scutaro both at the plate and in the field since his return.
Belt is recovering from a concussion, and has still not been cleared to begin physical activities. He has spent most of the team's series in Philadelphia stuck in the team's hotel, and remains without a timeline at this point.
Manager Joe Girardi told the paper he wasn't sure whether that would be a simulated game or in the minors.
Earlier in the week, manager Terry Collins told reporters he did not expect Flores to be called up soon, despite hitting .323/.367/.568 in 55 games at Triple-A Las Vegas. His expected role is not yet known.
The Rockies recently asked the Orioles for Kevin Gausman in an offer for De La Rosa, but were rebuffed. Heyman reports the Rockies are considering an attempt to re-sign De La Rosa this offseason. At the very least, the team has already informed De La Rosa they will extend a qualifying offer to him, making them eligible for draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.
De La Rosa has a 4.19 ERA in 116 innings, with an 11-6 record this season.
Hanrahan suffered a setback this week in his comeback from Tommy John surgery.
"The way I see things," Sandberg said. "I basically wanted to give Ruf two days in a row, just to get his feet wet, see him against a right-handed pitcher, then go from there. But in all likelihood, at least after today it will be a scenario of ... I'd be considering a platoon system at first base."
Howard was actually out of the lineup against a right-handed pitcher Thursday, but Sandberg said he wanted to give Darin Ruf two consecutive starts after his callup. The Phillies face two left-handed pitchers during a three-game series against the Diamondbacks beginning Friday, so Sandberg may also get him some time off then.
Howard is struggling against both right and left-handed pitchers this season, but has 10 of his 15 home runs against righties. He is hitting .229/.314/.368 against righties, compared to .209/.275/.407 vs. the opposite hand.
Pagan took swings off a tee for the first time earlier in the week, want was able to move on to hitting balls tossed to him by coaches Thursday. He remains without a concrete timetable to return, and it is not yet clear when he is expected to take on live pitching for the first time.
"He’s improved, but he still feels it, although on a daily basis it decreases," Cashman said. "So that’s good, but it’s not good that he’s still feeling it at this stage. So it’s just day-by-day, week-by-week and we’ll adjust accordingly. It’s too early to call."
Tanaka went on the DL on July 9 with right elbow inflammation and a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He won't try to throw for two more weeks, manager Joe Girardi said.